Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi named in final Nigeria World Cup squad

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The final list of 23 players who will play at the FIFA Russia World Cup has been released.

Pope will hope to win his first England cap on Thursday night in England's last friendly against Costa Rica at Elland Road, ahead of the flight to Russian Federation.

The West Africans got off to a dream start in the second half as Alex Iwobi riffled home a rebound to reduce the deficit and set up a nervy contest for the home team.

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors after the interval, but Nigeria couldn't find an equaliser despite their improved second-half performance.

The team continues its build up for the World cup, as it prepares to face Czech Republic on Wednesday in Austria. The two teams put all the experiences they have had in the works when the open campaign June 16 at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Russian Federation.

"We didn't choose this game to replicate exactly what Tunisia would do", he said.

"Our first half, perhaps also the preparation was not so good, yesterday we couldn't train because it was raining and the pitch was not good enough to make us train". It's time to focus.

Nigeria have been drawn with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Group D of the tournament.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are up against England national team this evening at 17:15 pm.

But the former Chelsea midfielder has said that the poor showing in the first half was because England played a five-man defence and the Eagles were unable to break them down.

The England coach picked a strong team and was rewarded with an impressive first-half performance and goals from Kane and Cahill.

"He's in England, and struggling for his life, and we will play for him at this World Cup".

"The game will be a hard one because they parade some of the best legs in the English Premier League, but we also have guys who have played there and are still playing there, so we will put up a good fight and come out with a victory", Simy concluded. If we can win our first game, I am sure we can get to the quarterfinals.

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